The success of many of our recreation and environmental programs depends on the volunteer efforts of the members of our community. If you're looking for a way to make a difference, meet new people or expand a hobby, there are many different ways you can participate to match your skills or areas of interest.
How to Volunteer
View the volunteer opportunity descriptions to see what suits you best. Maybe you have an interest in helping others, want to learn more about the community or meet other friendly, helpful people. We welcome:
- Students age 16 and up with parent or guardian signature, ages 13-16 with parent or guardian supervision. Volunteer hours may apply to service learning project hours for high school or college credit.
- Adults age 18 and up
- Groups – Corporations, non-profits, service organizations, etc.
To volunteer as an individual, print and complete the Volunteer Application or Golf Volunteer Application and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Oakland County Parks
2800 Watkins Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
Once received, we will contact you to discuss the potential of a volunteer placement. If an appropriate placement cannot be arranged at that time, we will keep your application on file up to one year. As opportunities become available, we will notify you.
To speak to a volunteer coordinator or schedule a group volunteer event, call 248-975-9717 or email email@example.com.
Current Volunteers: Monthly Volunteer Time Sheet. (Please upgrade to latest version of Acrobat Reader to utilize this form.)
Volunteers Needed for These Events:
Friday, April 18
Catalpa Oaks Marshmallow Drop
27725 Greenfield Rd. Southfield 48076
8 – 11:30 a.m.
We need 100 volunteers to assist with prize area and crowd control at this fun Oakland County Parks holiday special event. Oakland County Parks uses a helicopter to drop 10,000 marshmallows into the park, for kids to collect and exchange for a free prize! All volunteers will receive snacks and a free waterpark pass! For more information or to register, please contact Volunteer Services firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-975-9717.
Sunday, April 27
Volunteer Opportunities throughout the parks system:
Red Oaks Nature Center Park Beautification Day
30300 Hales St. Madison Heights 48071
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
50-70 volunteers needed to assist with brush removal, invasive species removal, trail clearing and general park cleanup at Red Oaks Nature Center. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information or to register, please contact Volunteer Services email@example.com or 248-975-9717.
Assist in hosting special, sport and social events for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, seniors and veterans. Activities include special events, socials, tours, teaching and adapting sports skills for individuals with disabilities.
Bicycle Motocross (BMX @ Waterford Oaks)
Track maintenance begins in April. Assist in the weekly operation of BMX by providing technical assistance at practices and races. Duties include bike inspection, registration, scoring, staging, corner marshaling, and concessions.
Campground Hosts and Labor
Assist campers by answering questions, explaining the rules in a pleasant and helpful manner, providing directions and assisting with check-in. Volunteers may also help with maintaining flower beds and monitoring restrooms for cleanliness.
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Assist with activities including arts and crafts, DJ dances, face painting, games, etc. for campers at Addison and Groveland Oaks. Theme weekends include carnival, comedy fun day, July 4th festivities, blues bash and boo bash. Also volunteer to help set up, implement and clean up one-day special events.
Dog Park Ambassadors (Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks & Red Oaks)
Become and ambassador and answer visitors’ general questions, distribute park materials, and report concerns or comments to park management. Gatekeepers sign up for shifts to support customer service and park security. Other opportunities include assisting with one-day special events and annual clean-up days at three dog parks.
Golf Courses and Programs
Starters, rangers, cart attendants and pro shop/phones assist at five golf courses. Assist with tournaments, leagues, and special events. Please complete the Golf Volunteer Application.
Assist in supporting the efforts of nature center staff by greeting Nature Center guests, caring for captive animals, assisting with nature education programs, scout days and trail walks, preparing program and craft supplies, or maintaining outdoor gardens.
Natural Resources Stewardship
Assist natural area management by participating in annual cleanup days, invasive plant control activities, monitoring bluebird nestboxes, or conducting Citizen Science Surveys on seasonal wildlife activities, including frog counts, grassland bird counts, and butterfly counts.
Be the eyes and ears of the Parks trails by using a formal reporting and tracking process while you enjoy the outdoors as you patrol park trails on foot. Promote safe and proper use of the trails by providing information to visitors on Park rules and policies.
Assist with one-day events throughout the year including Fire & Ice winter festival, the springtime Marshmallow Drop at Catalpa Oaks, mountain bike races, fishing events, County Market events, or Boo Bash and Haunted Hallows events in the fall.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Water Resources Commissioner's Office
Assist with Adopt-a-Stream (stream monitoring and clean-ups), and cooperative lakes monitoring. Details: 248-858-0958.
Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The Michigan Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by Michigan State University Extension in Oakland County. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites for application. Applicants attend classes learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to their community.
Oakland County offers a daytime session in the fall (August-November) or an evening session in the winter (January-April). Each session is 13 weeks and held in Waterford. Contact Linda Smith at 248-858-0887 for an application or information.